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FIRST BIRTHDAY

ON A BABY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY, PLACE A ROSARY, WHISKEY GLASS AND SOME
MONEY BEFORE HIM. WHICHEVER HE PICKS WILL BE WHAT HE BECOMES;
A PRIEST, A DRUNK, OR A WEALTHY PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WAS A PRACTICED CUSTOM AMONG HER FAMILY

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MCKENDRICK ; ANCIENT DRAMA CLASS

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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STAGE FRIGHT

SARAH BERKARDT (BERNHARDT) MANAGED TO GET OVER HER STAGE
FRIGHT BY PEEKING THROUGH A TINY HOLE IN THE CURTAIN
SHORTLY BEFORE THE PLAY WAS TO BEGIN AND IMAGINE, SO
STRONGLY THAT SHE COULD REALLY PICTURE, EVERYONE IN
THE AUDIENCE WAS NAKED. SHE, HOWEVER, WOULD BE IN
COSTUME. IT WORKED EVERY TIME.

Where learned: DRAMA ; ENGLISH TEACHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAGE FRIGHT

TO ALLEVIATE HER STAGE FRIGHT, HELEN HAYES WOULD LOOK
OUT AT THE AUDIENCE FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND
CALL THE AUDIENCE ALL SORTS OF CRUEL AND VULGAR NAMES.

Data entry tech comment: UNDER HER BREATH, WE ASSUME.

Where learned: DRAMA ; ENGLISH TEACHER

James Callow Keyword(s): ACTRESS=HELEN HAYES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FIRST BIRTHDAY

ON A BABY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY, PLACE A ROSARY, WHISKY
GLASS AND SOME MONEY BEFORE HIM. WHICHEVER HE PICKS
WILL BE WHAT HE BECOMES: A PRIEST, A DRUNK, OR
A WEALTHY PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WAS A PRACTICED CUSTOM AMONG HER FAMILY.

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MCKENDRICK ; ANCIENT DRAMA CLASS

Keyword(s): LIQUOR

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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